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Event Notification Report for July 2, 2008

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Event Reports For
07/01/2008 - 07/02/2008

** EVENT NUMBERS **


44198 44291 44325

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!!!!! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RETRACTED !!!!!
Power Reactor Event Number: 44198
Facility: WOLF CREEK
Region: 4 State: KS
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] W-4-LP
NRC Notified By: TERRY DAMASHEK
HQ OPS Officer: JEFF ROTTON
Notification Date: 05/09/2008
Notification Time: 19:12 [ET]
Event Date: 05/09/2008
Event Time: 14:20 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
50.72(b)(3)(v)(B) - POT RHR INOP
Person (Organization):
BLAIR SPITZBERG (R4)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N N 0 Hot Shutdown 0 Hot Shutdown

Event Text

BOTH TRAINS OF RHR DECLARED INOPERABLE

"On 05/09/2008, at 14:20 CDT, Technical Specification 3.5.3, Condition A, was entered when the 'A' Residual Heat Removal (RHR) Train was declared inoperable due to a gap in one of the 'A' Train Containment Recirculation Sump Strainer modules greater than 1/8 inch. At the time this condition was discovered, the 'B' RHR train was already inoperable for maintenance.

"The Unit is in the process of being returned to service following completion of a Refueling Outage. The unit remained stable, in Mode 4, with the 'A' RHR Train inservice providing cooling for decay heat removal. Efforts to correct the gap in the 'A' Train Containment Recirculation Sump Strainer were commenced shortly after identification of this condition, and the condition was corrected and 'A' Train RHR returned to Operable status at 17:45 CDT. 'B' Train RHR is currently being restored following completion of maintenance. The Unit will remain in Mode 4 until the 'B' RHR train is restored to Operable status.

"Technical Specification 3.5.3 requires one Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) Train to be operable while in Mode 4. An operable ECCS train includes both an RHR Subsystem, and a Centrifugal Charging Pump (CCP) subsystem. The 'A' Train CCP Subsystem remained operable."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

* * * UPDATE ON 7/1/08 AT 1616 FROM PRESTON LAWSON TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

"Wolf Creek further evaluated this condition and determined that the safety function of the containment sump was maintained under WCGS current licensing basis. Therefore the 'A' Residual Heat Removal (RHR) Train was not inoperable. Wolf Creek is retracting the notification made under 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(B)."

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R4DO (Bywater).

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Power Reactor Event Number: 44291
Facility: DUANE ARNOLD
Region: 3 State: IA
Unit: [1] [ ] [ ]
RX Type: [1] GE-4
NRC Notified By: DOUG PETERSON
HQ OPS Officer: KARL DIEDERICH
Notification Date: 06/12/2008
Notification Time: 15:19 [ET]
Event Date: 06/12/2008
Event Time: 11:30 [CDT]
Last Update Date: 07/01/2008
Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT
10 CFR Section:
50.72(a) (1) (i) - EMERGENCY DECLARED
50.72(b)(3)(xiii) - LOSS COMM/ASMT/RESPONSE
Person (Organization):
PATRICK LOUDEN (R3)

Unit SCRAM Code RX CRIT Initial PWR Initial RX Mode Current PWR Current RX Mode
1 N Y 98 Power Operation 98 Power Operation

Event Text

UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A MAJOR LOSS OF RESPONSE AND COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY

"At 1130CDT on 6/12/2008, the Duane Arnold Energy Center was informed due to flooding in the local area that access to the Joint Information Center (JIC), the Offsite Radiological Analytical Laboratory (ORAL), the Offsite Relocation and Reassembly Area (ORRA), and the Emergency Operations Facility (EOF) have been lost. This constitutes a reportable condition per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) due to the major loss of offsite response capability. The ORAL function will be maintained by the Iowa State Hygienics Lab. At the present time the remaining facilities are being relocated or moved to the Linn County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at the Kirkwood Community College Campus. Also, although multiple roads in the area are closed due to high water level, evacuation capability in the EPZ is being maintained. Also, at 1256CDT on 6/12/2008, Duane Arnold Energy Center was informed that local commercial phone service through the Palo phone system has been lost. This service also includes our ability to fax and access the internet. We have also lost our FTS2001 ENS connection. Again, per 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(xiii) this represents a major loss of offsite communication capability. Offsite communications is being maintained currently thorough our microwave and cell phone systems. Onsite communications are possible through our in house PBX and page system. Contingency plans are in effect to setup a mobile satellite uplink that would include voice and data capability."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed.

* * * UPDATE AT 1629EDT ON 06/12/08 FROM DOUG PETERSON TO S. SANDIN * * *

"At 1430CDT on 6/12/2008, Duane Arnold Energy Center lost communications capability via commercial phone line, FT2001 ENS system and the microwave phone system. This meets the threshold criteria of an EAL classification of an Unusual Event. At 1440CDT the Shift Manager declared that Unusual Event and notifications were made to Linn County Emergency Management Agency, Benton County Emergency Management Agency and the Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division. Currently, offsite communication is still possible via our installed cell phone and satellite systems and onsite communications remain possible via our PBX and page system."

The NRC Resident Inspector has been informed. Notified ET Member (B. Mallet), all IRD Management (B. McDermott, W. Gott, M. Leach), Commissioners' Staffs (D. Skeen, T. Hipschman, S. Baggett, J. Thoma, D. Coe), EDO Staff (J. Adams), PAO (E. Brenner), OCA (D. Decker), RDOs (R. Summers, B. Bonser, P. Louden, G. Miller), FEMA, DOE, USDA, and HHS.


* * * UPDATE AT 1428EDT ON 06/19/08 FROM MARK GILBERT TO J. KNOKE * * *

"On 6/12/2008 at 1444 FPLE-DAEC declared an unusual event (SU6.2) due to loss of all offsite communication. These systems included the FTS 2001, microwave phone lines, and commercial phone lines due to flooding of the Palo, Iowa phone station. Since that date FPLE-DAEC has reestablished two of the three offsite communication methods. The microwave telephone system has been restored and the commercial phone lines have been restored through a new exchange through the town of Shellsburg, Iowa, which was not affected by the flood. With these two lines of offsite communications reestablished the DAEC will de-escalate from the Unusual event from the loss of offsite communication.

"FPLE-Duane Arnold will be issuing a press release stating the unusual event has been cancelled. The NRC senior resident inspector has been notified and the state of Iowa, Linn County, and Benton county will be notified."

The licensee exited the Unusual Event at 1428 EDT on 06/19/08. Notified R3DO (Kunowski), NRR EO (Fred Brown), IRD MOC (Bill Gott), DHS, and FEMA.

* * * UPDATE ON 7/1/08 AT 1640 FROM SCOTT AREBAUGH TO MARK ABRAMOVITZ * * *

Multiple power sources are now available to the Emergency Operations Facility.

The licensee notified the NRC Resident Inspector.

Notified the R3DO (Kozak).

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Fuel Cycle Facility Event Number: 44325
Facility: BWX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU FABRICATION & SCRAP
Region: 2
City: LYNCHBURG State: VA
County: CAMPBELL
License #: SNM-42
Agreement: N
Docket: 070-27
NRC Notified By: CARL YATES
HQ OPS Officer: BILL HUFFMAN
Notification Date: 06/28/2008
Notification Time: 10:10 [ET]
Event Date: 06/27/2008
Event Time: 21:12 [EDT]
Last Update Date: 06/28/2008
Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY
10 CFR Section:
PART 70 APP A (c) - OFFSITE NOTIFICATION/NEWS REL
Person (Organization):
KATHLEEN O'DONOHUE (R2)
MICHAEL WATERS (NMSS)
IVONNE COURET (OPA)
BILL BRACH (NMSS)
DAVID PROULX (R4)
LARRY CAMPER (FSME)

Event Text

CONCURRENT REPORT INVOLVING DERAILMENT OF TRAIN CARRYING WASTE FROM BWXT

The licensee was notified at 2112 EDT on 6/27/08 about a train derailment in Atchison, Kansas that was carrying some low level waste from BWXT. Among the derailed cars were 3 cars containing dried sludge from the final effluent pond classified as LSA-1. There was no release or damage involving the waste material. Each of the 3 rail cars contained approximately 3000 cubic feet (9000 cubic feet total) with a total rad content of approximately 60 millicuries Uranium per car (180 millicuries total). The cars never tipped over and have been placed back on tracks. Pending satisfactory results of a safety inspection of the cars, the waste will continue on to its final destination at the Energy Solutions facility in Clive, Utah.

BWXT does not plan to issue a press release at this time but notified the NRC based on the potential for public interest. Several local articles about the derailment have been posted on the internet but no direct inquiries from the press have been received by BWXT at this time.

The licensee will also notify NRC Region 2.

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